Police brutality and excessive force is one of the most divisive and important issues facing our community today. When a police officer brutalizes you, they are directly violating your constitutionally protected civil rights, and you are entitled to hold them accountable, and to recover money damages.
Most states have laws prohibiting the use of police brutality and excessive force, but the major vehicle for vindicating your rights is 42 U.S.C. §1983, a law passed by the United States Congress that allows citizens to sue police officers and government officials for “deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws” of the United States.
That means that when a police officer violates your Fourth Amendment right to be free from “unreasonable searches and seizures”, you can sue in federal court and win money awards.